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The Who ‘hoping’ to release new material

Pete Townshend has said he'll be trawling through his archives for tracks for a new LP

The Who‘s Pete Townshend has said he is “hoping” to release new material with the band.

Speaking to Billboard, the guitar player said that he would be looking through unreleased material and seeing if there’s enough there for a new album. He commented: “I’m trying to [look] through my 20,000 hours of complete and utter disorganised music… I’ll be pulling some songs out of ‘Floss’ to give to Roger [Daltrey] to see if we’ve got enough to make an album. It might be a big waste of time, but I’m hoping there will be an album.”

Floss is Townshend’s on-going rock opera project. Meanwhile, Townshend has written a song for US TV show The Americans. The track, titled ‘It Must Be Done’, is the first original song the guitarist has composed for a TV programme. The Americans is broadcast on the FX channel and follows two Soviet KGB officers posing as a married American couple in the suburbs of Washington DC. Townshend’s song was initially intended to soundtrack a scene during which a car is followed but producers decided it didn’t fit after the scene was edited. It will now appear during a scene described as “sex and murder”. The episode will air on April 20 in the States.

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Speaking to Billboard about composing the track, Townshend said: “I wanted to keep it very simple. Here’s this couple whose whole life is about duty, duty without honor, duty without explanation. There are no accolades.They’re not living a lie but doing things they find hard to do. Everybody has a part of their life that’s difficult to explain. For me it’s why the fuck am I in The Who?”

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